Commander James D. Paffenroth
UNITED STATES NAVY
Officer Training Command - Newport
Commander Paffenroth is a native of Pine Island, New York. He attended Virginia Tech in
Blacksburg, VA where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geological Sciences and was
commissioned an Ensign through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps Program.
Commander Paffenroth’s first two assignments were onboard USS O’Bannon (DD 987) as the Damage Control Assistant and USS Nitze (DDG 94) as the Fire Control Officer. Following these sea tours, he served as an Officer Recruiter at NRD Nashville and later deployed to Iraq as a member of Joint CREW Composite Squadron-One in support of Improvised Explosive Device suppression operations in the Baghdad region. At the conclusion of this deployment, he laterally transferred to the Human Resources Community in 2008. Commander Paffenroth next served as the Executive Officer at Naval Technical Training Center, Meridian, MS, followed by a tour at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA, where he earned a Master’s of Science degree in Management. His next assignment was as the Allocation and Statistics branch head at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN, followed by a tour at Field Support Activity, Washington Navy Yard, D.C. where he served as the Deputy Director and the head of both the Manpower and Administrative Departments. In 2017, Commander Paffenroth reported to Officer Training Command as the Director of Officer Candidate School, followed by a fleet up to his current position as Executive Officer.
Commander Paffenroth’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), the Army Commendation Medal, and numerous other service and unit awards.